Team Category: ELL/Student Support

Kristin Cooke – ELL Reading Teacher/Specialist

My name is Kristin Cooke and this is my 5th year in education. I taught for three years in Birmingham, Alabama working with English Learners and this past year at KCIA. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! During my time […]

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Nicole Throckmorton – ELL Specialist

My name is Nicole Throckmorton and this is my first year teaching! I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2018. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education, as well as certifications to teach Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. I am very excited to be working with the kindergarten […]

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Lori Stark – ELL Specialist

My name is Lori Stark and this is my 13th year in education. This is my first year at KCIA. Most recently I was an ELL teacher in Liberty Public Schools. I earned my Bachelor of Science and ELL certification from Missouri Western State University. I am currently working toward my Masters degree in ELL. […]

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Canda Gierach – ELL Specialist

My name is Canda Gierach (pronounced “gear” + “rock”). This will be my 12th year teaching. I attended K-State for my Bachelor’s Degree in French, and KU for my Master’s Degree in Education. For 5 years, I taught French in Kansas City, KS at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, then I taught English, ELL, […]

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Kari Reeves – ELL Specialist

My name is Kari Reeves and this my fourteenth year in education. I am originally from Pittsburg, KS, but I have been living in the Kansas City area for the past decade. I began my teaching career in New York City’s Chinatown at Dr. Sun Yet Sen Middle School. I then returned to the Midwest […]

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Heather Mozey – Reading Interventionist

My name is Heather Mozey and I have been teaching since 2000. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Administration. I have taught severe needs, second and third grade​,​ as well as preschool. This is my third year […]

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